The Grace of Siddha–12 – Total transformation

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

I was preparing for the arrangements to go do Badrachalam as the Sage had mentioned “Go to Badrachalam. You will get the darshan of Sri Rama!” However, whether the duo got their
medicines in Kolli Hills just how Somasundaram’s legs got cured through the grace of Siddha Agastya, these two must have benefited too, but why haven’t I got any updates so far?” – I wondered.

Just as I thought, I heard the voice “ayya (O sir!)” from the entrance. I opened the door.

There stood no one else than Madasamy, his chief and behind them stood an entire family of children, women etc. I felt something good has indeed happened. I invited them in.

They came in and at once fell at my feet, one by one. They had a huge bunch of banana, beetle leaves, beetle nuts, from a sweet shop called Lala’s sweet shop that’s famous at their place, they had bought Jilebi etc as though they were carrying the items commonly presented to the girl on her wedding!

They showed the child to me. Some herbal juice was oozing from its eyes. Madasamy came and introduced his wife to me.

“Please tell me in detail on what happened in Kolli Hills” – I asked him. He began narrating.

“Sir, we both alone went to Kolli Hills. At first, we could not find who could be that Kolli Hills Siddha. Upon inquiring with so many, somebody said that there will be a person on hill top, a further mile
distance upwards from where we were”.

We searched in two different directions and could not find any Siddha Vaidhya. Our hearts broke. But we felt “As Agastya Muni has said, it must be correct” and slept off spreading our towel in the bare ground, tired as we were roaming really well.

“You see, at that time, an old man woke me up tapping and asked “aren’t you Madasamy?”

“Yes I am sir, may I know who you are?” – I asked.

That I shall tell later. The two of you came along right?

“Yes sir”

Very well. Come with me. I shall give the medicine to your wife! I shall give it to this man’s son also. Do the treatment just as I say once you get it. Your wife will be alright and so will be his son – he said this all by himself sir!”

“I felt that this is indeed the person that Agastya Muni mentioned. But I wondered how he knew my name?!!” I bowed to him and woke up our brother (the chief). Then we followed him”

“He made us sit at the entrance of a hut and went inside, came after a little while. “Pour this herbal juice in the child’s eyes three times a day, daily. He will begin to see the 30th day. Then to get the complete eyesight back, come here and get some more herbal juice. This child will surely get his eyesight back, saying this, he gave a huge bottle full of herbal juice to brother”.

Bottle with herbs
Bottle with herbs

“For me..?” I asked. “What’s the hurry? Have a little patience, would you? yelled at me and he gave me a parcel full of some powder saying ‘here, grab hold’. I received it with utmost care and asked ‘how should we consume this?”

Mix Sendhuram and honey and take it three times a day. Do not add salt in food. You could have butter milk. Say no to coffee or tea. Two days after started consuming this, a slight fever will be there. If it does, grind this medicine with small gall-nut and take. Right on the 27th day, her heart disease will relieve her. Then she can consume anything, nothing would happen to her life” – he said“.

We prostrated before him and offered him money for which he said “this money is sinful, to kill somebody, this has been procured. I wouldn’t accept this. You may go now“, saying this, he went inside the hut only not to come out at all.

We peeped into the hut to see nobody inside! We stood there for long and then we came back to our place” – finished Madasamy.

“Very glad to know. How is your wife’s heart disease?” – I asked.

“Oh she is very fine sir. It looks like the disease is gone indeed, take a look yourself” – said Madasamy happily.

I glanced at the wife of Madasamy. The village girl’s eyes showed no sign of deceit and appeared to be recovering well also.

“How are you Amma?” – Here, this revered person denotes this lady as we do to our Mothers. This is the best part in the Indian culture, to refer the womanhood as Mothers, irrespective of their ages. The English language cannot translate it exactly. So we may say “How are you ma?” – even this appear only a distant closer.

“Sire, for eight long years, I had pain in the chest. There isn’t a doctor whom I have not checked with and there isn’t a treatment I have not undergone. My Father and brother even sold their land for my treatment but nothing worked…”

“How are you now, tell that to Sire first” – intervened Madasamy. “I took the medicine got from Kolli Hills, now I don’t have the pain, I am able to breathe really well, I am very happy O sire!” – her happiness was evident.

“Oh is it?! Very well, I am really glad to know” – I said. Then I turned towards Madasamy and said “its great that your wife is cured, and your brother’s child has got his eyesight back, well, did you visit the Kolli Hills Siddha again?”

“I went once sir, and see the surprise is, where I met him exactly, there isn’t any hut or any Siddha Vaidhya! I inquired here and there and everyone confirmed that there wasn’t any hut or a therapist who lived there!”

“Is it?!”

“Somehow, whose good-karma we don’t know, my brother’s kid got his eyesight back and my wife got cured also. So many thanks to you. We came with the family only to convey our thanks” – said
Madasamy.

“So what are you going to do for a living henceforth? Are you going back to the old route of robbery, rowdyism and kidnap-murder etc?” – I asked sarcastically.

“O No sir! Neither me nor my brother will ever turn towards that side” said Madasamy “as you said, my brother has decided to do service in an Ashram, it is me who don’t know what to do, will you request this to the Sage Agastya?” – he asked.

I prayed to the Maha Muni for them and opened the Jeeva Nãdi. The Sage gave a few advice:

Do the Sun Prayer every Sunday. On the sixth Sunday, you both will get a good job with a very good salary, from a good place. A condition however, take a small portion from the salary you get, and give it for orphaned children’s food” – ordered the Sage.

They accepted it happily and heartily.

Just as the Muni said, both of them got a job from a very big company, that too on the sixth Sunday right after they finished their prayers. They both are sending money to orphaned children every month, owing to their gratitude towards Agastya Muni.

Through the grace of Siddha Agastya, Madasamy studied Siddha Medicine and is helping many a people heal with a smiling face till this day, is indeed a surprise. The brother of Madasamy, as his child got his eyesight back, is helping however he could for anyone who cannot afford to buy medicine for eye-related diseases. A don, involved in murder and kidnapping got transformed totally through the grace of Agastya’s divine words – I felt so proud thinking of this.

I did ask the Sage on who indeed was that Siddha Vaidhya who gave these duo the medicines another day. What the sage replied was…!

He is my beloved Shishya* Bhogan!! As per my request, He Himself went directly to provide them the medicine. This indeed is a good karma of them!” – * Shishya-disciple.

“O! So in that case, will anyone get this bhagyam (blessing)?”

Sure will. Bhoga is still roaming in Kolli Hills. Those who sincerely pray to Bhoganath, he will come in the form of some Vaidhya and treat and save their lives

“In that case, how do identify Sage Bhogar? Any therapist will appear like Bhoga Himself. How will one identify?”

There will appear a bright light in his eyes, if you smell Thulasi or the smell of Bhasm (Vibuthi / holy ash) mixed with Javvadhu (a sort of natural perfume, as said to be the secretion from civet-cat) comes, know that He is Siddha Bhoga!!!

“Oh! then the other therapist whom we might see?”

Those who are the disciples of Bhoga, well versed in Siddha Vaidhya right from their tender ages. They pray only to Bhoga and do their treatments, and so their treatment will also be fruitful” -said the Sage.

I felt a sort of peace on hearing this. Someday I should go to Kolli Hills, and have the darshan of Bhoga Muni, I desired.

The darshan of Bhogar, and the book He wrote on Palm leaves about medicine, both you will get! Having read that, you are going to write a wonderful book in the future, which will be beneficial for others” – the Sage blessed me the other day.

Go to Badrachalam. There you will witness many a surprises. You will get the darshan of Sri Rama indirectly. Do not miss this chance” – since the Sage kept on reminding me about this, I began to set forth. But just before I started, I should have asked the permission from Sage Agastya which I did not. As a result, I got stuck really.

Yes.

When I went inside the temple of Badrachalam, it started raining, heavily. Due to the heavy rainfall, Godavari river flood surrounded the temple base, up to hip-level. There were water everywhere around the temple. I was stuck in the middle.

~ to be continued…

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The Grace of Siddha – Episode 7

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The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!

The chief screamed “That I cannot do!” when I started explaining the three methods that Sage Agastya mentioned. He denied to accept the third remedy. For the rich to get their job done, used this chief who had his livelihood by threatening, kidnapping and looting others but had a great love towards his child. Only for his kid, he became ready to give up the most hideous plan of killing. This made me very happy. He was even ready to visit the Sidhdha Vaidhya (a person who practices / specializes in Siddha way of treatment) at KolliMalai (Kolli hills) for the treatment of this kid, for three months.

But for the third one, “as a remedy for all the sins he had committed so far, he must visit an orphanage and do service for a lifetime, for free” as mentioned by Shri Agasthiyar, he could not just accept.

“I can do the first two, no problems. But I cannot do the third one. I have three wives and I have no other income. I cannot even sustain my family, I should go to an orphanage and do free service..” he murmured.

Then he turned towards me and spoke in the classic “Chennai Tamil”.

“Oye, are you kidding me? Or is this all true, tell me that first” – he commanded.

I realized that the brutality hasn’t gone from him completely, I said “These are the divine words of Agasthiyar”.

“First, tell me to which Siddha I should go to for my child, what treatment should I do etc. Once all that is done and when my child’s eyesight is restored, we can think about the rest” – he came to a decision.

“Nethra Dosha Nivarthi Pushpam” (which translates literally to: Nethra-eyes, Dosha-problem/sin, Nivarthi-to cure, Pushpam – flower) – such a flower blossoms once in three years at Kolli Malai forest. One should take the juice of that flower and pour one drop a day in the eyes, and apply that oil in the head. In addition, a few more herbal juices also will be given by the Kolli Malai Siddha Vaidhya. This treatment should be done exactly for 90 days after which, the eyesight will be perfect and no operation will be required till the end. Go at once to Kolli Malai” – said Maha Muni Agasthiyar in the Jeeva Nãdi.

“Go at once?”

“Yes”

“When will I finish ‘that’ work then?” – he spoke to himself whilst his companions were blinking royally.

“That work….leave that aside and take care of your child” – I said, to change his mind.

The chief thought.

Within this, his fellow mates started “have you gone mad? You have got money for this task already for which, won’t you get the task done and be safe or consult an astrologer and spoil the time?” – they provoked the chief.

“Dei Mãdasamy, you said you had some trouble too right….ask know?” – the chief said but they weren’t ready to listen.

“We can see all that later, first let’s find the old man, come on!” – he started pulling the chief.

I looked at them patiently.

“Sire, his name is Mãdasamy, he is like my brohter. He has some trouble too. Can you please read the Nãdi?” – said the chief.

“Can I?” – I asked Mãdasamy for his consent.

“Whatever! Jyotish or Nãdi, ok, say whatever you want to say, I listen for my brother” – murmured Mãdasamy.

“For the ancestor’s property came a feud between brothers. The younger killed the elder in the farm land through somebody. To kill the younger, the elder’s son are trying. But to save his life, the younger ran out of his city and is living in a Madam at Kashi (Varanasi) with full of fear and guilt that he murdered his elder brother unjustly.

That younger one has got paralysis and is struggling for life with all his cells. If brought back and treated, he will live. With that, all his property will be inherited by the elder’s son, this Mãdasamy, who has a wife. She is a heart patient, struggling for life everyday. The disease if prolongs for five more days, will become severe. If she has to live, let Mãdasamy also take her to the Kolli Malai Siddhar, “if he has faith” – said Agasthiyar.

Then…“To cure Mãdasamy’s wife, a petal of the flower which blossoms from the leaf mixed with Sendhuram and Honey should be taken thrice with Pathiyam (a prescribed method of diet by the Siddhas that avoids certain kind of food and recommends certain kind). Tell this to the Kolli Malai Sidhdhar that Agasthiyar told” – said Maha Muni.

The information about Mãdasamy must have shocked not just him but the rest of the gang. Else, they wouldn’t stare at each other with surprise or Mãdasamy wouldn’t have wept profusely. They all started consoling him.

“O Sire, what came in Nãdi is true indeed. His father’s own brother, out of his desire on the wealth, killed him 10 years back. From that day on, Mãdasamy and his younger brother are searching wildly for the (chitappa – word search) but they haven’t found him yet”.

“That he is alive still, we come to know only after you say so. Let him get lost however. But this guy’s wife should recover. We all will go to Kolli Malai sir, we shall meet you afterwards” – said the gang and the chief repeatedly.

“For sure the child will get its eyesight and so will Mãdasamy’s wife will be cured” – I blessed.

The reason for which they searched for the old man wildly, they abandoned that thought completely and Ezhumalai, Mãdasamy with his wife set forth to Kolli Malai to meet the Siddha Vaidhya.

“Oh my!” – I sat after having quenched my thirst hurrily.

“By Agasthiyar’s grace that the hermit got alive, He also showed a good way out for those two searching for this old man” – I felt very happy. But what if the Kolli Malai vaidhyar’s medicine does not work, these guys will take me for a ride – I did get this fear however.

DeviantArt.com by Molee
Image courtesy: DeviantArt.com by Molee

Agasthiyar will take care of everything, I felt and left it as it is. The door was knocked followed by the calling bell, I thought ‘who could this be?’ and opened the door. What I saw nearly took my breath down. About 4 grown up adults were holding a woman who did not subdued to their might, jumping and shrieking devilishly.

~  to be continued…

The Grace of Siddha – Episode 6

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The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!

You could imagine my condition. I started trembling and decided that I should inform this to the police. But this fellow wiped off the poison from his lips and gave a thunderous laugh.

“Now sir, I have drunk the remaining poison as well, how would I be alive?”

“What Agasthiyar said is wrong, isn’t it? Just answer me this and that’s enough” – he said.

I shouldn’t delay any longer. Somehow I must make him go to a hospital – my heartbeat increased fast and my body began to tremble. I made him sit in the entrance and went in to the Pooja room. The Holy Ash (Bhasm or Vibuthi) and the Sandalwood paste applied on the Palazhi Nava Bhashana Murugan idol that I had got a few days back took my eyes. Here a little about Nava Bhashana. The Nava Bhashana is a rare medicinal substance with Nava meaning 9 and bhashana literally meaning poison.

Siddha Bhogar preparing the Palani Nava Bashana Murugan idol.
Siddha Bhogar preparing the Palani Nava Bashana Murugan idol.
Thandayudhapani - Lord Subramanya at Pazhani
Thandayudhapani – Lord Subramanya at Pazhani

The Siddha Bhogar is an expert in making an extraordinary combination with these 9 poisonous substances, which is deadliest even if a tiniest of the mixture becomes incorrect, on whose composition only the Siddhas know. The Subramanya Swamy idol at Palani is made by Siddha Bhogar with this Nava Bhashana where the materials comes in to contact with the idol carries that medicinal value, such as Abhisheka water, Holy Ash, Sandalwod paste etc. For ages, the holy prasad from Pazhani has been considered as an antidote for many a ailments, both physical and spiritual.

A nice website about Pazhani and Sage Bhogar can be found here.

 

I took a little from both the Bhasm and Sandalwood paste and came rushing to the entrance, “here, eat this” – I gave the Prasad and water. I do not know what he thought, but he consumed the Prasad without asking any questions. He then looked here and there, stared at me and said “ok then, I shall see you” and began to set off.

I was longing for when he will say this and I felt a great peace.

“Ok, take care, the hospital is just nearby and it’s good if you go there” – I said.

“Why?”

“Oh you just have consumed poison. Go at once. Shall I come along with you, just in case?”

“No, I shall go myself, Agasthiyar Himself has told know, that there isn’t a death for me, why should I go to hospital?” – he said with a sarcasm and went.

I watched him going. His walking was firm. I prayed to Agasthiyar earnestly, that he shouldn’t get in to any danger. I could not sleep for the whole night thinking as to what sort of a news will reach when. I kept peeping out every half an hour.

It was 3 in the morning. I offered my usual prayers to Agasthiyar and asked “why should that elderly person come here and trouble me, is he alive or not?” through the Nãdi.

My beloved son, he is alive. Also, he is very healthy as the trouble he had with his intestine for long is also gone”. He roamed as a nomadic for 20 years through which he got this trouble, and it did not get cured in spite of many a medication. He went to Kolli Hills as told by someone where the herbs given by some sidhdhas were beneficial to some extent. But not completely. Then he came here searching for me. As he is a Shiva Bhakth, We thought of curing him. But as the stomach-ache was unbearable, he consumed poison and came to you. Though the decision was hasty, there was a merit in it too. The Navabhashana Vibuthi (holy ash / bhasm) and Sandalwood that you gave to save him has cured his stomach-ache completely. Else, he would have suffered of cancer” – said the Sage.

“If so, what about the poison he consumed?”

As he believed in Agasthiya completely, the poison’s effect was also subdued by the Holy Ash and Sandal. The poison he took combined with the Vibuthi and Sandal has become a great medicine for his intestine problem” – said Shri Agasthya.

“Its a surprise indeed!” – I wondered.

What’s surprising in it? There are some incidents awaiting to happen in his life on hearing which, you will be awestruck I tell you” – He concluded.

“Everything is fine. A millionaire  having lost interest in his life has become a beggar. Through your grace, can’t you make him reunite with his family?” – I asked in a distressed tone.

Wait for some time and you will know a few things about him. But before that, he has to face a few hurdles!” – said the great Siddha.

The moment he said this, about 7 or 8 guys barged in all of a sudden having all sorts of sharp weapons in their hand with their slaughterous eyes reflecting cruelty. The very first thing they asked was this: “It seems a person resembling a hermit visited here, do you know where he is now?”

The threatening in their tone was terrifying and my tongue got stuck in the upper jaw, as it did not want to speak up!

I looked at the person who asked me that question. His face reflected absolute cruelty and brutality. I glanced at the rest of the gang. It seemed they were in search for this person for a very important reason. There must have been a mystery behind these guys searching for the person who went missing many years back. If they can search him for such a long distance, the reason could be either they wanted to kidnap him or they must be thinking that till this rich-oldie remains alive, they cannot consume the wealth and so they must kill him. – my instinct said.

I shouldn’t just let them, but should try to convince them and change their mindset – I thought.

I asked the person who appeared to be their leader to sit down. He refused at first but then sat next to me quietly.

“Do you need water to drink?” – I asked.

“No need!” – he answered as that of a rogue.

“Fair enough, do any of your companions need water?” – I persisted.

“They won’t either!” came the reply.

“Ok, why are you searching for that hermit?”

“There is no need to tell you that, just tell us where he is now” – his tone lacked the respect. After a brief silence, I continued…

“I don’t know who he is or where was he from. He came here suddenly at night. It seemed that he consumed poison due to some distress. Then he went by his way himself. That’s all” – I said.

“Why should he come to you?”

“To read Nãdi”

“Nãdi means?” – he intervened.

I explained him about Nãdi patiently. I don’t know what he felt but he listened to all of it with undeterred attention.

“So if we ask Agasthiya, he will just disclose everything like phat phat phat, you say?”

“Yes, but it depends upon individual’s fate / bhagyam” – I said!

He wanted to ask something very earnestly. He asked his fellow mates to sit down and asked for water himself.

I gave them water.

“Where is that guy now? Ask Agasthiyar if he is alive or not and tell me” – he said.

“Why are you asking just about that person alone?”

“We have to deliver him to a person!”

“So, what if you deliver?”

“Lot of money! We can be happy for a few days”

“Then…?” – when I asked this, he couldn’t control his frustration.

“Those things cannot be said now. Ask where that guy is!” – he commanded.

I realized he cannot be persuaded that easily. “O Bhagavan, please show a good way out, without any harm to any life” – I prayed to the Maha Muni and picked up the Nãdi and read it, a few minutes passed by.

“Oye what you’re quiet, are you cheating?” – asked one of the companion sarcastically.

The chief commanded him to be quiet. “Well nothing, when I asked Agasthya, He started telling about you and your family, that’s why I am thinking” – I said quietly.

The chief did not believe at first. Then “Aha! is he telling about me? What does he say? Tell me, tell me” – he got a little interested.

I summoned up some courage and started reading what I saw in the Jeeva Nãdi. I was worrying if he will understand any of this. What if I say something and he understands something else and out of frustration, he might end up doing anything – I worried.

“Your name is Ezhumalai and you have 3 wives. The first two doesn’t have any children and there was a child born to the third. It was ok during the birth but now its eye sight is not good. In fact, in about 6 months the child will lose its eye sight completely. Lakhs of rupees are needed for the treatment of this kid for which you are even ready to kill!” – when I said this slowly, he got up at once.

I began to tremble a little. I even thought – “looks like I said something wrong, Agasthya has got me stuck with this killer”. The guy who got up fell down on my feet! He couldn’t talk, with tears filling up his eyes. The companions fell in shock on seeing what he did.

“Yes sir! Whatever you said is all true. If this old man is killed, they said they will give me 3 lakhs of rupees out of which I thought I will treat the kid and hence I got in to this task” – he said it with an open heart and with a bit of courage.

My stomach had various reactions on hearing this but his companions seldom liked this blabbering from their chief.

“Committing this murder, and with “that” money is how should you look a way out for your kid’s eye-sight?” – I asked.

“How else?”

“Let us ask Agasthiyar. Will you do what he says?”

“O for sure Sire!” – he said.

Having seen a change in his rogue-attitude, I began to read Nãdi happily.

“You already have a lot of Brahma-Hathi dosha. In your previous birth, you had hit a young boy with Poovarasam tree (Umbrella tree or Thespesia Populnea) stick on which he lost his eyesight. That karmic effect has made your child lose his eyesight. If you kill another life and get that money to treat your kid, there will not be an eye sight for your kid other than mere spending of that money” – said Agasthiyar. The chief looked at me as to “what next?” with a pitiful look.

Umbrella tree or Thespesia Populnea, popularly known as Poovarasam Poo in Tamil
Umbrella tree or Thespesia Populnea, popularly known as Poovarasam Poo in Tamil

“Isn’t there any way to get back the eyesight of my child?” – he asked.

Agasthiyar continued “If you want your child’s eyesight back, there are three ways”.

“One, you must get rid of this act of murder completely. Second, visit Kolli Malai and get treatment from a sidhdha living there for three months for the child and….” I narrated the third. After hearing the third, he screamed from the bottom of his belly “That, I cannot do!”

~  to be continued…